Big Changes in Solar Energy Coming in 2020 says Founder of Green Solar Technologies

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Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies, shares thoughts on California's commitment to solar energy come 2020.

Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies

We are nearing the end of the decade, and with that comes big changes in solar energy. Beginning in 2020, new California homes and apartment buildings (up to three stories) will be required to be built with rooftop solar panels installed. California is the first state to require rooftop panels in an effort to combat climate change and create a healthier environment.

Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies, shares, “We at Green Solar Technologies, couldn’t be happier with the steps our home-state is taking to lead us closer to an environmentally prosperous future. California has always been a leader in renewable energy, and this will be an excellent opportunity to show the success states can have by switching to solar. Hopefully, when other states see that we can do it, they’ll begin to follow suit.”

According to an article by Mark Chediak, Brian Eckhouse, and Noah Buhayar published on Bloomberg Businessweek, “California already leads the U.S. in home solar panels. Solar makes up about one-seventh of its electricity supply, and that’s expected to grow for the state to meet its goal of 100% carbon-free power by 2045. Others may follow: Massachusetts is weighing a similar mandate, as is Maryland’s Montgomery County.”

The Bloomberg Businessweek article goes on to mention that the value solar panels will add to California homes could be seen as a drawback in the plan (especially with how incredibly expensive California homes already are). But the savings of solar far outweigh any additional cost. As mentioned in the article, “State regulators say adding solar panels will increase home costs by an average of $9,500, though they note that the systems’ lower energy costs will yield net savings of about $19,000 over 30 years.”

Zvik adds, “Solar systems, while initially can seem a bit pricey, are actually an incredible investment. Homeowners can literally save tens of thousands of dollars on electricity bills during the lifetime of their system. Not to mention, those who take advantage of solar energy can become energy independent and can actually turn the excess energy their system creates into extra income by means of selling that energy back to the utility companies. But of course, the most important part of going solar is that it’s great for the environment. We’ve spent far too long poisoning our air and our ecosystems with toxic chemicals, and for what? We don’t need fossil fuels. Everything that we need is given to us every morning when the sun rises, and now that we have developed efficient ways to harness that energy, we’d be crazy not to use them.”

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